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Rep. Williams: Texas Rural Hospitals Receive Funds From CARES Act

May 7, 2020
Press Release

CLEBURNE, TX Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today applauded the distribution of funds to Texas rural hospitals under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Rural hospitals bring lifesaving and essential care to neighborhoods across the 25th District – there is no replacement for the vital role they play in our communities. For far too long, many have operated on slim margins just to keep their doors open, and I am proud to deliver this funding under the CARES Act to help alleviate the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Williams. “These funds will give immediate relief to health care providers in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus while they work to heal our communities. I will continue working with my colleagues and the Administration to ensure our rural facilities are able to stay open to serve Texans.”

Rural hospitals in Texas this week received between $2-4 million from the $10 billion allocation in the CARES Act, and those who applied for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) received between $2-3 million. Congressman Williams previously joined lawmakers calling for rural facilities to be eligible for the PPP.

“The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals, which is the association of rural hospitals in Texas, appreciates the focused efforts of Representative Williams and the other members of the Texas congressional delegation for understanding the significance that rural hospitals play in the Texas health care system and the Texas economy. Without their assistance provided in the last month, as many as 10 to 15 Texas rural hospitals could have closed as they were financially stressed before COVID19,” said Don McBeath, Director of Government Relations for the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals.

Background:

Congressman Williams supported the CARES Act (H.R. 748), which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The bill provides relief to health care facilities, taxpayers and small businesses across the country through financial assistance from government grants, low interest loans or tax relief.

Previously, 132 of Texas’ 157 rural hospitals received $84,317 each from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (limited to hospitals for 49 beds or less), including 7 hospitals in the 25th District.

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Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.